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This is a 280 page gut-punch. This is amazing. Lucky is a freshman who has been bullied by the same boy since they were 7 year old first graders. No one really believes Lucky at first, even the first incident is almost too terrible to believe. His parents see what is going on, but since the bully's dad is a bully, too, they take no action, and tell Lucky to ignore it. Adding to the story is Lucky's nighttime dreams, where he is trying to find and rescue his grandfather, a Vietnam POW, who he had never met. He somehow manages to bring back souvenirs, adding a little fantasy to this already amazing book. Finally, the bullying becomes assault, and rather than deal with the problem, Lucky and his mom go to Arizona to visit family. Lucky meets a girl, gets a better male role model than his "turtle" dad, and has some major epiphanies. Timely, without feeling like an afterschool special. Well-written with characters you could love and hate.

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